Seattle Opera wanted Matthew to audition for the role of the Shepherd Boy in their upcoming production of Tosca. Matthew and I worked together for a little over a month to prepare for the role. We worked on breath support, open vowels, and the Italian language. Opera style singing is a little different than Musical Theatre, so we had to make some adjustments to make him sound like a classical singer. His hard work paid off and out of the four children that auditioned, Matthew was chosen for the role!
I saw Tosca on closing night and it was so amazing watching Matthew perform with the chorus on stage and his solo was angelic. The most amazing part for me was watching him come out for the curtain call and bowing with all of the leads, opera singers all over the world! I tried to imagine what the view looked like from where he was standing for his bows....all those people! When I asked him what it was like to come out for bows, he exclaimed, "There are so many people! I think tonight was a full house too!" I am so proud of this 5th grader, he's accomplished so much already!